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‘Extremely rare,’ deadly infection shows up twice, raising questions

‘Extremely rare,’ deadly infection shows up twice, raising questions

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Two recent cases of a rare infection are raising awareness — and anxiety — about the risks of interacting with dogs and cats.

Sharon Larson of South Milwaukee died on June 23 at age 58, after her dog nipped her hand. Starting that same month, Greg Manteufel, 48, of nearby West Bend, Wisconsin, lost both hands and both lower legs to amputation to save his life. Though he came into contact with a few dogs, he said, he was not bitten by any of them.

In both patients’ blood, doctors found the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus.